Submitted by Tacoma Art Museum.
Traditional tapete (sand painting), ofrendas (altars honoring lost loved ones) and art-making workshops are back for the 19th annual Día de los Muertos festival at Tacoma Art Museum. Activities are planned from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 5.
Día de los Muertos (also known as Day of the Dead) combines ancient and colonial traditions, folk customs, and spiritual beliefs. Celebrated in Mexican and Latin American communities on November 1 and 2, Día de los Muertos is a powerful, symbolic way to honor relatives and friends who have died.
The colorful, inspiring tapete and ofrendas are popular exhibitions at TAM’s Día de los Muertos festival every year. Acclaimed artist Fulgencio Lazo created this year’s tapete at TAM with a team of artists and community members.
Admission is free to the Día de los Muertos festival activities and the rest of the museum on November 5. TAM is located at 1701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma.
Día de los Muertos Schedule
Sunday, November 5
- Noon-5 p.m. – Art-making Activities: Memory box making with TAM educators, air-dry clay sculpting project, and Community Marigold Project
- Noon-1 p.m. – Trio Guadalevin performance
- 1:45-2:45 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico performance and workshop
- 4-5 p.m. – CeAtl Tonalli Aztec Dance performance
- Food trucks will be on-site with Mexican food for purchase from noon to 5 p.m.